By Dr. J. Shah, Founder and Chief Medical Director of Amari Medical
Hormones. The word “hormones” is linked with overly emotional women, mood swings, hot flashes, menopause, PMS and puberty. Hormonal changes are a normal part of life and affect everyone, however not many people really understand what is going on with their bodies and how their own lifestyle choices may impact hormone levels. Recently, it has been found that an alarming number of women in the world are suffering from hormonal imbalance. In light of this current trend, it is important that women are informed on the causes of hormonal imbalance and how they can prevent it from happening to them.
Causes of hormonal imbalance:
While menopause, as well as pre-and post-menopause, can be the cause of some women’s hormonal imbalances, menstrual cycle, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies may also be the reason. For many women, lifestyle choices can also throw off your body’s chemistry. Inconsistent sleep patterns, malnutrition, obesity, and alcoholism can be the reasons for hormonal imbalance. Severe sickness or prolonged hospitalizations could also be responsible for disturbing the levels of your hormones as well.
Effects of hormonal imbalance:
Unfortunately one of the main effects of hormonal imbalance is that it’s difficult for most women to maintain a healthy weight. Hormonal imbalance causes a variety of effects on the body that could all lead to weight gain. Impaired glucose metabolism due to insulin resistance, low thyroid, an imbalance in sex hormones, and high cortisol levels due to stress can also all influence weight gain in women.
How to avoid Hormonal Imbalance:
Although some women are genetically predisposed to hormonal imbalance, sometimes changes in your lifestyle can help minimize your risk. Weight loss, regular exercise and a healthy diet may help to prevent hormonal imbalance and keep the body’s chemistry even. Fat loss is important for weight loss. Fat loss can balance your metabolism and hormones. It can also reduce insulin and leptin resistance thus helping weight maintenance. Daily exercise may enhance the effect of fat loss by reducing stress hormone cortisol and optimizing other hormones like thyroid, sex hormones and growth hormone. Fat loss (weight loss) and optimization of hormones may improve one’s vitality, health and quality of life.
If these lifestyle adjustments do not work, the best way to balance hormones is to work with your doctor to identify the insufficiency and optimize it by using bio-identical hormones.
J. Shah, M.D. .¨ Founder and Chief Medical Director of Amari Medical
Dr. J. Shah is a Double Board Certified physician who has been practicing medicine in New York for the past 30 years. He specializes in Medical Weight Loss, BioIdentical Hormones, the latest non-surgical body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting and Exilis as well as Botox and Facial Fillers. He completed his medical training in 1978 from Misericordia Medical Center (now Montefiore Medical Center), and later became Double Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Bariatric Medicine. As the founder and medical director of Amari Clinic and Amari Medical, Dr. Shah and his highly trained staff provide treatments with state-of-the-art, scientifically proven technology and techniques in a luxurious and tranquil setting in Scarsdale, New York. Dr. Shah is committed to helping each patient attain a more youthful appearance and leaner physique. His extensive training and knowledge enables him to provide his patients with long term nutritional guidance and weight loss solutions, which facilitate the maintenance of the results obtained with the aesthetic and wellness treatments he provides.